- A word the significance of which is usually controlled by the entire context. Johnson v Cunningham, 107 Miss 140, 65 So 115. A relative term, signifying nearness when applied to a place. Rogers v Galloway Female College, 64 Ark 627, 44 SW 454; Los Angeles County v Hannon, 159 Cal 37, 43, 112 P 878; 23 Am J2d Deeds § 243. As a designation of time, sometimes denoting a fixed and definite point of time, as where the court admonishes the jury, "be back at 2 P.M.," and, at other times, meaning from or after, as where the provision in a will is that the property of the decedent shall be sold "at the death" of the life tenant named by him. 52 Am J1st Time § 31.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.